A new exhibition showcasing an impressive collection of pre-impressionist, impressionist and post impressionist works is about to open at The Burrell Collection. Burrell’s Masters of Impressionism features over 30 works on oil and paper from the likes of Degas, Cézanne, Sisley, Boudin and Renoir and runs from July 4 2013 to 5 January 2014.
This remarkable collection of French 19th century paintings and pastels is recognised as being of international significance but has never been seen together until now.
It captures and explores the variety of subject matter and technique under three main themes of Pre-Impressionism, Manet and Degas and the Impressionists and Post Impressionism, by some of the most famous artists of the 19th and early 20th-century from Sir William Burrell’s French collection, which was gifted to the city of Glasgow in 1944.
Landscapes complement the glimpses of everyday life in the market scenes of Pissarro, women bathing or rehearsing in the works of Degas and the evocative café scenes of Manet.
Sir William’s collection of works by Degas is regarded as the finest in the UK. This exhibition includes several of his world famous works including The Rehearsal, Jockeys in the Rain and Portrait of Edmond Duranty.
The exhibition also celebrates the range of colours available to artists working in the second half of the 19th-century and the variety of techniques these inventive artists used, highlighting Burrell’s taste in collecting in the first two decades of the 20th century.
Burrell’s Masters of Impressionism is a timely reminder of the scope and the global influence and significance of Sir William’s unique collection. He amassed more than 8,000 objects over 70 years of expert collecting before gifting his life’s work to the city of Glasgow. Proposals to allow items from the collection to tour abroad for the first time have been laid out by Glasgow City Council in a Private Bill currently being considered by a committee of MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.
Sir Angus Grossart, Chairman of Burrell Renaissance, which is advising on proposals for a refurbishment of the gallery and international touring, said: “Sir William Burrell showed a brave spirit and bold discrimination in his collecting. The works by Degas and other impressionists which are in his collection underline that his eye saw well beyond the conventional. This exhibition will really help us to understand the international scale and width of Burrell’s aspirations and the quality of his great achievements.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “Sir William Burrell’s taste and burning passion for collecting has delighted and thrilled visitors during the 30 years that the gallery has been open. This exhibition brings together some of the finest works in his collection for the first time which will delight all those who come and see it.”
Entry to the Burrell Collection and the exhibition is free of charge.